Not My OGHS

For generations the words of Dr. Martin Luther King have continued to ring true that Sunday morning remains the most segregated time in the American week. Our churches are not just segregated by the faces of those sitting in our pews week in and week out, but also by the ways we continue to uphold systemic injustice in every facet of our culture. For this reason, among others, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship was dismayed to see the One Great Hour of Sharing promotional materials put forth by our denomination.

Message to the Peacemakers of the Future

When I was treasurer of PPF during the ‘70’s and ‘80’s we had a shoestring budget and a narrow focus of support for a narrow Peace agenda. I’m pleased and excited to be a continuing part of a Peace Fellowship today that is pressing forward for a more comprehensive vision of Peace and Justice today. I’m glad to work alongside the emerging leadership of our organization as they motivate us to even more participation in the agenda for a Just and Peaceful future.

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Expands Occupation-Free Endowment

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will start 2015 with a new commitment to peace and justice through investment. And it will do it through the New Covenant Trust Company, a subsidiary of the venerable Presbyterian Foundation which has supported Presbyterian mission for over 200 years.

SodaStream Leaves West Bank: A Success for BDS

In late October home carbonation machine manufacturer SodaStream announced the decision to close its West Bank factory in an illegal Jewish settlement. SodaStream has been a major focus of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement to pressure Israel to end the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. A company spokesperson said the decision was based on business reasons unrelated to the boycott. The evidence indicates otherwise: At the time of the announcement, stock prices had fallen 58% and profits 42% in 2014. Macy’s dropped the product and high-profile investor George Soros sold his stake in the company.

Welcoming Immigrants: Strangers and Friends

The Rev. Kelly Allen, chair of the Mission Presbytery (South Texas) Immigration Task Force, talked of how churches in Texas are cooperating with other local agencies to respond to the surge of children and families fleeing violence in Central America, and the Rev. Linda Eastwood, a PPF National Committee member who worships with a New Sanctuary Movement congregation in Chicago, told stories and shared ways for congregations around the country to advocate for immigration reform and to protect immigrants facing deportation.

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